Last season with Dallas, DeMarco Murray ran circles around the Giants, totaling 128 and 121 rushing yards in the two divisional games.
Now as an Eagle, Murray picked up exactly where he left off when it comes to taking on New York. The running back had 22 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown in the team's 27-7 win on Monday Night Football, marking his most productive game as a Philadelphia Eagle.
"We're just all executing better. We're all on the same page," Murray said following the victory. "We're increasingly just getting better and getting more comfortable with each other."
With a slow start in the opening few weeks, the media jumped onto the idea that perhaps the running back was uncomfortable in a new system. It's very clear that the Eagles' offense is vastly different than that of the one Murray was part of with the Cowboys.
However, after his last two performances, the running back has shown he can be productive, no matter the team or scheme. He is more than capable of finding success and helping this Philadelphia team.
"I think I've always felt comfortable," said Murray, who has 192 yards rushing in the team's last two games. "Like I said, it's an ongoing process. We're seeing different looks from difference opponents. I think we just have to continue to work hard. (Head coach) Chip (Kelly) put together a great game plan along with the other coaches."
Murray gave credit for much of his personal success to the offensive line and its blocking. It's clear the line has made some much-needed corrections and settled into its own as of late. With great blocking, Murray and teammates Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles combined for 153 yards on the ground against the Giants' second-ranked run defense, which was only allowing 80.6 yards per game.
Murray's biggest runs came during the team's second drive of the third quarter. The running back had two 11-yard runs en route to his 12-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles an insurmountable 17-point lead.
"The one thing about DeMarco is he's a downhill, physical runner who runs behind his pads," Kelly said. "If we can get him started, and I think we started to get a little push at the line of scrimmage and get him to the second level, he can run through a lot of arm tackles. It was really good to see him get going today."
Despite a solid performance, Murray knows he can improve. The offense made mistakes tonight and it has a lot of work to do in order to be as competitive as it would like. But, the Eagles took a step forward tonight. They're at the .500 mark, and they're not looking back.
"We all know what's at stake and we're not looking past anyone," Murray said. "This was a good Giants team and we were able to execute. At the end of the day, we're just taking it one game at a time and we know we've got a long, long way to go.
"We know what we want to be and not just over one or two games but continue to grow. It all starts with our work ethic throughout the course of the week to make sure we're mentally and physically prepared."
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